Today is the one year anniversary of my joining Weight Watchers as a last resort. I was overweight, on the border of obesity, prediabetic, with an aching right knee, and I hated myself. My (normal weight) rheumatologist had told me point blank that I had to lose weight, and lose it right now (I was 59) as it was going to get even more difficult as I aged. I have hypothyroidism, and that makes weight loss even more difficult. My father (who never had a weight problem) was a Type II diabetic the last 25 years of his life.
Weight Watchers changed my life, and I lost 41 lb in the past year. They gave me the tools I needed to succeed. I haven't been to meetings ( I do subscribe to their eTools so I still consider myself an active program participant) since April but the weight loss has been steady. (Slow, but steady, with occasional and frustrating plateaus). With the support of my spouse, who has lost 21 pounds himself not being on the program but from eating what he cooks for me, we have made it. My "numbers" are down, although I am not out of the prediabetic woods. I'll know for sure later this month.
I couldn't have done it without the dedication of my spouse, and I want to thank him.
But have we truly "made it"? I have found out how bound up in psychology our weight is. I know HOW to do it, I know why I MUST NOT gain it back, and I know where to get support. But the battle will be ongoing, and will be for the rest of my life.
I have read that some 95% of people gain the weight back. Recently I've been battling, and losing, against the foe of stress eating. I've seen so many people I know lose weight (some on Weight Watchers, some on other good programs, some on their own) and gain it all back.
So, on this one year anniversary, I find myself preparing, literally, to fight for my own health.
Wish me luck, and I wouldn't mind a little encouragement. A year ago I wouldn't have asked. Today, I will.
Have you been fighting this battle, too?